If you can afford a home security system or security cameras of any kind, those are both great ways to protect your home. If you can’t afford those, you can try putting a security sign in your yard or setting up a dummy camera to convince would-be burglars that you do have one.
Don’t advertise your travel plans on social media. That just gives burglars a precise schedule to find your home unoccupied. Post those pics after you return home.
Install motion sensors on any outdoor lights you have. Use a timer on Christmas lights to make sure they come on as scheduled while you are gone.
Consider leaving on a radio or TV during the day that could convince a burglar that someone is in the home.
This seems pretty obvious, but lock your doors and windows. This includes keeping your garage door closed as much as possible. An open garage door may seem like an invitation, and it shows off your stuff to passersby.
If you are going to be away for more than a couple of days, have the Post Office hold your mail and stop any newspaper deliveries. You could also ask a friend or trusted neighbor to pick up your mail and papers. Nothing signals an absence like a pile of newspapers in the driveway.
Be friendly to your neighbors. Having a good relationship with those who live around you can supply an additional layer of security for your home. They can keep an eye out when you are gone, and you can return the favor when they leave home.
Reduce the landscaping around your home. This may seem like an odd addition to the list, but bushes and shrubs around a home make good hiding spots.
At Christmastime, keep packages out of view of the windows. Passersby shouldn’t be able to tell how many packages little Suzie has under the tree.
Consider contacting your local police department to do a check of your house. They might be able to suggest things you could do to improve security.
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